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probation for having sexual conduct with an underage girl. >> thank you, carol. out of cairo, egypt, this is in tahrir square, we believe. this is actually a picture of the ministry of interior headquarters, which we are learning now is on fire. there are at least seven floors of the building that reports now that are on fire that are burning. you can see that there, the pictures of the billowing black smoke coming from that building. parts of the building, we are told, have started to collapse. you are now looking at live pictures of this government building out of cairo that is in flames. and i am told that, rather, it is not live, but this is tape turned video that we are just getting in, parts of the building starting to collapse. we are also told about 1,000
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police officers are protesting in front of the building, protesting for higher wages and working conditions. it is unclear how this fire started or whether or not anyone has been injured at this point. we are watching the pictures as you are, trying to get as much information as possible. but this is the ministry of interior headquarters in cairo that is now on fire. we're going to get back to those pictures and as we get more information, we'll bring that to you. i want to get you up to speed for tuesday, march 22nd. an american f-15 fighter jet crashed and burned in libya today. the military says both crew members ejected when the jet developed mechanical problems. rebels rescued the weapons officer and turned him over to the united states. now, a u.s. team also picked up the pilot. he is now aboard the uss kearsergeant in the mediterranean. we'll have a live report
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shortly. moammar gadhafi's ground forces are coming down hard on misrata right now. this amateur video appears to show a mortar shell that is landing near civilians. an opposition spokesman tells cnn the city will fall within hours unless the coalition helps. >> the carnage is too much to bear. this is the fifth day of shelling and destruction and carnage. we already have 77 deaths and we have a countless number of injuries and almost the whole center of the city now is unsafe because of snipers. we haven't seen international strikes since the first day of
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strikes and we are in urgent need of help quarterback otherwise misrata will be overrun tonight. >> before and after satellite photoses confirm that a mosque in zawiya will be destroyed. the mosque served as a command center for the resistance during the time they controlled zahyiya. a spoke woman says one of three submarines that fired tomahawk missiles in libya has now left the region. the military says it hit the region with 20 tomahawks in just the last 12 hours. democratic representative dennis kucinich told reports this morning that congress should cut off money for the libyan operation. he is angry that president obama didn't get congressional approval for those air strikes and he says the president should
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be impeached. >> the constitution makes it very clear that the congress under article 1 section 8 has the power to declare war. the president's commander in chief, but only after congress takes action can he send troops into conflict. and so we're at a very serious moment of a constitutional challenge here. >> libyans living in the united states here are closely watching the developments back home. many left their home country decades ago when gadhafi took power. our cnn affiliate bay news 9 talked with libyans in the tampa area. >> we all are praying to get rid of gadhafi, bring libya back to the international community and to speak about freedom and the to speak about constitution and election. >> i've lived as a foreigner all my life, almost. america has and belongs to my own country.
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>> more now on libya and the crash of that u.s. fighter jet. both crew members are safe, but the crash underscores the fact that u.s. troops are in harm's way. they could lose their lives in this conflict and it highlights the role that we have now in air strikes on libya. i want to bring in our correspondent chris lawrence to explain some of this. chris, first of all, can you tell us what happened with this f-15? >> yeah. suzanne, you know, no fly doesn't mean no risk. basically, this f-15 was flying an air strike mission to try to take out some of more of moammar gadhafi's air defenses. it was flying overnight and encountered some mechanical problems. both of the crew members ejected safely, but they landed in different places. the pilot of the f-15 was picked up by an osprey, which is an aircraft that launched off a u.s. warship just off the coast in the mediterranean sea. it was a marine expeditionary unit that came in as part of
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that osprey team. the weapons officer landed in a different area. we're told he was recovered by rebel forces. the rebel forces treated him well and that he is now safe. suzanne. >> chris, how were they rescued so safely? >> well, they've got locators. there's a locator not only on the ejection seat, but on the pilots themselves. they would have the means to speak in incrested code, to communicate back with the ship. and we're told that some british surveillance planes were used to pinpoint the exact location of the two crew members. >> krips chris lawrence at the pentagon, thank you, chris. straight to cairo, we are taking a look at live pictures here. the egyptian ministry of interior is on fire. we understand that there are at least seven floors in the building that are burning. ivan watson is live from cairo. iv
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ivan, can you give us a sense of what is taking place behind you. i see the billowing smoke. is that the building there? >> that is the interior ministry. let me get out of the way so you can see. this is the headquarters of the interior ministry. that is basically what runs the police in egypt that we are seen going up in smoke, really, within the last half hour in a matter of minutes. we've seen the flames engulf the front and side of the building and we've actually seen parts of it collapse. in this inferno, there are firefighters on the scene, apparently trying to put out some of the flames that have spread to neighboring buildings. now, just a few hours ago, suzanne, we were in front of the interior ministry because thousands of police officers, some of them in uniform, were demonstrating peacefully in front of the building, energetically demanding higher wages. and we saw a procession of them march away from the interior ministry through tcairo's famou
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tahrir square, again, peacefully. within minutes, the place that they had left went up in smoke with these flames. very important to point out. on february 23rd, nearly a month ago exactly, we were here when there was another smaller protest in front of the very same building and dem sfraonsto apparently set fire to one of the cars and the neighboring buildings in the interior ministry compound for egyptian soldiers and firefighters were able to bring that blaze under control. not nearly as destructive as what we are seeing now. this clearly underscores the fact that egypt is still facing instability, this political situation is still turbulent here more than a month after the long time president hosni mubarak was overthrown and pushed out of power. >> and ivan, can you tell us how
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this fire started? does it appear as though it had something to do with the demonstrators and protesters? >> we spoke with a spokesman for the interior ministry just moments ago. and he said that it's not clear who began this fire. my colleague, ian lee, has been on the ground in front of the building. he says some of the demonstrators told him that the fire was ignited from within, basically alleging that this was some kind of an inside job. we don't know the origins of this blaze. it is possible this could have been some kind of electrical accident. but i do think it's suspect given that a month ago there was a similar attempt to set fire to neighboring buildings. we heard conflicting reports after that incident. some people arguing that there were attempts to set fire to records inside the interior ministry so that they could be destroyed. other arguments that perhaps there were demonstrators themselves trying to commit acts of arson. what is clear is that this has long been a fortress, the
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headquarters of what the police state that has helped maintain order and iron grip on the egyptian society, on the egyptian population, and we've seen it go up in smoke. really, in a matter of minutes. >> who is in that building? are there people in that building right now? are people being evacuated? >> at the time when we were there, egyptian interior minister officers were there. they were on guard duty. some of the demonstrators had climbed up on to some of the guard towers, on to the roofs of them to participate in the demonstration. it is clear that some of the employees were still there. and at the time, though there were police not only demonstrating and demanding higher wages and actually insulting the people who run the interior ministry, it was a peaceful situation. now we see this fire that just
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erupted. from this vantage point, i honestly cannot say if people have been caught inside the building amyself this inferno. >> does it look like they're able to control this blaze or are they having a difficult time? we've seen a lot of black smoke and flames, as well. are there a lot of personnel, emergency crew trying to put this out? >> from here, we've been able to see fire trucks on the scene, not only hosing down the headquarters, but neighboring buildings that caught on fire. and they were on some of the rooftops, as well. we also saw what appeared to be the floor of the building collapsing. that's within the last 25 minutes. and a little bit more context, during the revolution that came from tahrir square, which is really less than a five minute walk away from this building,
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there were ongoing clashes, deadly clashes for days around the interior ministry between some of the police & inside and demonstrators who were attacking the building at times, trying to protest in front of it. and we saw a constant stream of demonstrators coming away from the building with gunshot wounds. this was a target of the revolutionaries who wanted to overthrow president hosni mubarak in his belief state and another reason why -- another possible motive for why this could have gone up in flames right now. >> and ivan, you said before there were thousands of protesters demonstrating outside of this building before. where are they now? have they scattered? are they chanting? are they cheering? how are people responding to this big fire somehow? >> well, we saw within the last 45 minutes several thousand demonstrators marching in a peaceful procession that stopped
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traffic, marching away from the interior ministry through cairo's famous tahrir square towards the headquarters of radio and state television which has been a popular route for demonstrators amid the popular instability and uprising egypt has witnessed since mid january. so it did seem as though the bulk of the demonstrators were leaving the interior ministry. what is strange is about 20 minutes after we saw them leave it, the building went up in smoke. >> and from our vantage point, we can see some people up on the roof. perhaps firefighters or rescue workers there. can you see at all whether or not there are people that are earth inside the building, close to the building, in any kind of danger from this fire, from this -- you said seven floors now burning. >> i'm afraid i cannot from this vantage point. where we seem to have his them
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with the firehouses right now, that, i believe, is a neighboring building next to the interior ministry headquarters when the fire appeared to have spread to that building. >> so it is not just the interior building? >> -- witnessed a historic -- no, no, we saw it definitely spread to some of the neighboring buildings. now, some of these buildings are part of the compound. they are affiliate buildings belonging to the ministry. to the right of it, the facade of that building was torched after another demonstration involving former and current interior ministry employees. the important thing to keep in mind here, egypt witnessed a historic revolution, a mostly peaceful revolution within the last two months. the police were a source of anger and frustration because they had repeatedly attacked peaceful demonstrators in these
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very streets. this underscores the fact that this country is far from stable in this post revolutionary period >> certainly. do you know anything more about the building, that building inside? is that the place where people many talk about they were held, they were beaten by police, some people alleged that they had been tortured, there were some journalists who had alleged that they had been taken away and held by mubarak's forces? do you know of any of those facilities or any of that kind of activity took place in that building that is now burning? >> i do know that this was the main -- it was the nerve center, the brain, if you will, of the mrits police state. it was well fortified so that at the height of the democratic uprising here in tahrir square, when the police had almost completely disappeared from the streets of the egyptian capital
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overnight there were the still a number of interior ministry employees inside that building and they were fighting off approaches by demonstrators using at some points lethal force for shooting buckshot and shooting bullets at demonstrators who tried to approach that building at a time when we could not see any police presence, anywhere else not ohm in the egyptant capital, but anywhere else throughout the city and the rest of country. >> okay. >> the police stations around egypt were targeting throughout that period, suzanne. and they were a frequent target of the uprising and often set on fire. it's anybody's guess right now who was behind this blaze. a spokesman for the interior ministry tells us he does not know who started this fire and whether it was an accident or not. >> ivan watson, keeping a close eye of this building that is on
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fire, a building that is important practically and symbolically for so many egyptians who targeted and saw the police as the source and frustration of than outrage. many of those police were engaged in brutal acts against its civilians. one of the belgs now ablaze, looks like that fire could be spinning wished soon. like our new lobster-and-shrimp trio with a parmesan lobster bake, our decadent lobster lover's dream and eleven more choices. right now at red lobster.
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you're now looking at breaking news, live pictures out of cairo, egypt. this is the ministry of interior building. as you can see, there's smoke, then black smoke that was billowing. there was a fire at that building earlier, it looks like for the most part it's been extinguished. about seven floors. our own ivan watson was saying was burning previously. there were about 1,000 police officers who were outside of this building protesting peacefully we understand before it caught fire they were demanding higher wages and better working conditions. this is a building that is significant to those in egypt because it houses police headquarters among other things. but we're keeping a close eye on that develops there in cairo, egypt. where you have major demonstrationes and a very volt that overturned hosni mubarak's government there in egypt.
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our big story of the day, the crash of the u.s. fighter jet in the ongoing military operation in libya. now, the jet experienced an equipment malfunction is what we're told and the military says that both crew members ejected safely. cnn's arwa damon is at the crash site. give us a sense of what happened here. what took place? >> hi, suzanne. the airplane itself interestingly seems to be fairly intact in the sense that the debris from it is not spread over a large area. there are a lot of residents from the area still around the crash site. a lot of them telling us about how they heard the plane overhead. they knew or assumed that it was a foreign jet that was there to help them and once it crashed, they are telling us that everyone in the area fanned out trying to find the pilots.
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we spoke with colonel hamid mismati. he is one of the only english speakers in the area. he says he left immediately from his home. he's a local of the military council here and he began shouting in english, it's okay, you're safe, you can come out. please stand up. we want to help you. eventually, the american pilot did, in fact, stand up. the colonel telling us that he only seemed to be slightly injured you on one of his ankles, saying that he seemed a bit dazed, wasn't very talkative at first. they took him. the colonel describing how he thanked this american pilot, kissing him on both cheeks, hugging him, expressing his gratitude for the fact that he was flying these mrigzs over libya. and eventually they began chitchatting about their families, very, very basic things, the colonel telling us that this young pilot, 27 years old, he said he was, was around the same age as his son. everyone here, again, wanting to
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express their gratitude to the international community. unfortunately, the colonel was telling us that while residents were on the ground trying to find the two pilots from the first fighter jet, a second one overhead did end up firing, the colonel saying presumably this fighter jet still in the air, not knowing if the two pilots were unfriendly or in enemy territory. there were five people from the area who were wounded. none of those wounds fatal, though, at this stage, suzanne. >> that's an amazing story when you think about it, how those two americans crashed and they were greeted by -- i assume those are rebel forces, you said kissed them on both cheeks there. give us a sense of what is taking place where you are on the ground. what is happening now in eastern libya? >> well, the city of benghazi is the opposition strong hold, sort of the core of all of this what has been relatively safe ever since those fighters began
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flying their missions over libya, dealing a devastating blow toga definitefy's military, stopping its in its track. the opposition has been able to capitalize on that, pushing gadhafi's forces further to the west to the city of a sh aa by-a. there are concerns for other areas like israta, where gadhafi's forces are embedded in these cities carrying out massacres against the population. because they are amongst civilians, the air strikes cannot be used against them because of the collateral damage, the civilian casualties would be too high. people are very concerned about what is going to happen since people are stuck there. but the opposition is very optimistic at the end of the day they are going to be able to bring gadhafi down. but they realize that the road ahead is very tough, very difficult and likely to be very
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bloody, suzanne. >> ar ra dawa damon, there on t ground watching what the taking place on the ground there. both american fighter pilots are now safe. some republicans and democrats are openly criticizing president obama for the u.s. involved in libya's air strikes. here is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. carol costello joins us with the question of the day. when you see that video and when you realize those americans went down, this is war. i mean, planes crash, fire -- >> oh, yes. no fly does not mean no risk. so this is war. and we're glad those american crew members are safe. but you never know what might happen because it's difficult to tell who is the enemy on the ground as arwa damon said. but already, one congressman is calling president obama's decision on libya an impeachable offense. no, it's not a republican. it's a liberal lawmaker, dennis kucinich who said the president needed congressional approval
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beforehand. >> it's very clear that what president obama did is beyond what the constitution permits a president to do. >> on john king usa, the criticism from republican senator richard luger was less harsh, but it still stung. >> i do not understand the mission because as far as i can tell, and in the eyes of the states, there is no mission and there are no guidelines for success. >> and thus potential republican president mitt romney and tim pawlenty, they jumped on the barb obama bandwagon today. wait a minute, whether or not you agree with the president, u.s. troops, we've been saying, are in harm's way. should politicians keep their opinions under the radar? as mississippi governor haley barber told po will i tico, whenever our men and women are involved in military action, every american stands with them. this is not the time to critique
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what the administration has done or will do. so what are the consequences of openly criticizing the administration on libya. write to me. facebook.com/carolcnn and i'll read your answers, oh, probably in about 20 minutes or so. >> and one of the things the president, who is not in the country, is on a latin american tour. and there is an understanding among lawmakers you don't criticize the president and what he does when he's overseas. i wonder if there will be more criticism when he comes back. >> yeah. i bet he can't wait to get home, right? but i think something is flying under the radar here. the president did consult with a vast number of lawmaker is by phone. he sent a letter to congress, as he's supposed to do. so he did all that. but still this criticism is coming from the far right -- from the far left, i should say, and from the right. >> thank you, carol. another global hot spot, that is yemen. what changes in the government there could mean for the fight against al qaeda. i always keep it in the house.
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hundreds took to the street in syria in demonstration over the death of an anti-government protester killed in clashes with security forces. meanwhile, a major development, the uprising in yemen. that is where the president's grip on power may be slipping. we are in abu dhabi with more on
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this. if you can tell us, we are hearing that soleh could be stepping down. he's been in power since the late 1970s. do we expect him to leave office? >> there's been a lot of contradictory reports today, suzanne. but i just got off the phone a few minutes ago with a ruling official in yemen who told me president saleh offered a plan that he would step down in early 2012, that he would work from now till 2011 that he would basically try to lay the foundation of a peaceful transfer of power, that cease made that proposal to the opposition. but the opposition is in no mood to negotiate. though told me there is no way they will support anything other than him resigning. many people saleh and his position in the last few weeks
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have made the situation more perilus in yemen. so many people have been killed in clash wes security forces there, they believe the country may be on the verge of civil war because there are different military factions that may be clashing with eve other, that depending on their divided loyalty. saleh seas he's ready to step down, but the opposition has to accept his proposal before they can move forward. >> and so far, that has not happened. there's an offer on the table, but they're not willing, they don't want to goeshd with him? >> that's right. they don't want to negotiate. the opposition says they want had had him to resign. the opposition is very much with the youth revolution movement in yemen right now. yesterday we satisfactory a wave of deflikzs from military commanders to ambassadors resigning. they all say they want saleh to go. people say the government is corrupt and he needs to step down. president saleh today in his
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speech to the nation said he wanted to make sure that there were no divisions with the armed forces, that that could lead to civil war. he wants to make sure that the general that deflected yesterday come back into the fold. but the people that he's speaking with don't seem to be any mood to talk the back to m him. and this is obviously a problem for the obama administration. the president has said that yes, ma'am sn a hot bed for al qaeda, right? but the white house has worked closely with this president, saleh, and the president to go after al qaeda there. if the president leaves, what happens next? what does that mean for the stress of al qaeda in that country? >> well, this is one of the key concerns for the u.s. right now. the u.s., even though sometimes they don't see saleh as a very good partner, he is a key ally for them. yemen has become the home base for the al qaeda in the arabian peninsu
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peninsula. they've tried to plan spectacular attacks against the west from within yemen. they keep trying to plan more. now, many people i speak with in yemen believe that saleh has tried to get more funding from the u.s. and tried to make al qaeda sound like it's worse than it is. but the u.s. is very concerned about al qaeda there. saleh, even though a lot of people are angry with him, he's been able to litigate psychiatristfully between the allegiances. >> thank you very much, we appreciate it. what is the united states fighting for and what's the strategy in libya? we're going to talk with retired general russell honorar a. [ woman ] we take it a day at a time.
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so the u.n. mandated libya is to protect civilians, but for many, the definition of the mission and the role of the united states is unclear. joining us from baton rouge, louisiana, via skype, cnn convicter russell onery. thanks for joining us here. i want to start off first, this mission here to stop gadhafi forces in benghazi, that essentially was successful pt so the u.s. and the u.n. helped these forces reconstitute. are we supporting a protracted civil war now in libya? well, that will lay out in the
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next few days, and i agree with the observation that the initial objective of stopping them from killing the civilians has been achieved. but i think the long-term capability of gadhafi forces will have to be degraded to prevent them from continuing to attack civilians or the rebels in other cities, which means we have to downgrade the demand and control and downgrade his lot logistics so he can't continue to attack the people. >> have we not essentially just intervened in a civil war, taking the side with the rebels? >> well, that -- it is what it is. and at this point in time, you know, the civil war, this thing builds over time, i'm not quite sure if we are seeing the acts of a civil war, but whether this can be characterize d, we don't have a defined leader on the
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rebel side yet. we don't have the defined government. we have the will for freedom. i think that will be the logistics base and the ability to take on gadhafi's army. we know the u.s. government objective is for him to go away, over. >> and so, general, just to be clear, you say it is what it is. is the fact that we really don't know what it is right now? >> yes. there's a lot of ambiguity. inside ambiguity, people are getting uncomfortable with this, but this can be a great opportunity. if you think we're confused, you can imagine how confused gadhafi is now. and there's one thing the united states military does, we can operate well inside of confusion and get the mission down. >> what does the president need to do, president obama, when he returns back here to the united states? what does he need to tell the american people who may not be able to stomach another military operation here? >> i think from everything i'm sear and the people that i'm
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talking to, the american people are generally with the president. i think he has to get his buddies over in congress and the representatives from those shout out messages about an impeachable offense. i don't think that went well with the troops out in the field when they're out putting their lives on the line. we've got a member of congress. i don't know if his google numbers are down or what out shouting this is an impeachable offense whereas we need to get him back and community with the congress on what the mission is. there are constitutional ways for them to influence the actions on the ground. >> general, finally here, we saw that f-15 go down, underscoring here that thank god those pilots were safe, but that people die in war and this is a risky adventure that is taking place. do you think this is worth it for the united states to be involved in this international coalition? >> you know, suzanne, we went to world war i to stop tyranny. we went through world war ii for
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the same reason pe we follow that trek out. we believe in freedom and we don't believe tyrants ought to have the ability to kill their people. i think this is a moral obligation we have as a free nation. >> general russell honore, thank you for joining us in the news room. i appreciate it. in a moment, a closer inspection of the crippled nuclear plant in japan. our jacqui jeras takes us through all of those reactors. i'm good about washing my face. but sometimes i wonder... what's left behind? [ female announcer ] introducing purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals.
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from japan, some grim news. the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has climbed above 9,000 now, more than 13,000 are still missing. smoke is still rising from two crippled reactors at the fukushima daiichi plant and tests have detected radiation now in sea water near that plant as well as in the tap water. japanese health officials say that babies in that area should not drink the water. the u.s. military may evacuate thousands of troops and their families in japan as a precaution against radiation. our jacqui jeras is going to map out for us exactly what is happening at these damaged nuclear plants and these specific reactors still very much active, it seems. >> yeah, absolutely. we're going to start you out with a little bit of good news
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that cnn has just learned and that is that reactor number three, the power has been restored to the control room. so that is a little bit of good news. that's all we know about that. it doesn't necessarily mean that the cooling system is working, but that's good news and certainly moving in the right direction. there's six reactors in all. five and six do have working cooling systems and they're working on a generator. so the big focus now, reactors one, two, three and four. let's break it down for you. we're going to start out with reactor number one and those fuel rods that have the nuclear stuff in it have been partially exposed. the building itself has been severely damaged but the containment vessel they're saying isn't damaged. so that is good. and they're trying to get power restored to all of these, obviously. number two, the fuel rods here have been exposed to the building itself hasn't received as much damage. there's some here, but look at it. it's mostly intact. but it's what's inside that's of concern and that's that core and the shell that surrounds the
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core that there could have been a little bit of damage in there and that's the concern. they hope to have power, they're hoping to have this done. on tuesday as well as into the middle of the night now as we head into wednesday morning. but the sea water that they've been pumping into reactors one and two caused more damage than they thought. sea water has salt in it and it's corrosive. they're going to have to repair some of the parts in the building before they can get that power up and running. back into reactor number three, this is the one that has the power restored now into the control room. they're hoping to get power throughout the cooling system altogether. the fuel rods have been partially exposed here. the pools that contain the spent fuel rods, they've been pumping the water into there trying to keep them cool. the building itself has been severely damaged, so there's really nothing in between that pool and the blue skies. so that is of great concern. and they do have that power, as i mentioned, restored in that area. and last but not least, this is reactor number four.
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take a look at the extensive damage that's been caused to the building. in this area, there was one fire here and also at least one explosion. the building damaged severely. the pool containment is the primary concern. so that is the one holding those spent fuel rods. they're having a hard time keeping that full. there's a little bit of a question as to whether or not maybe that has been compromised and that the water has been leaking out and that's why they're having a hard time keeping that full and keeping that cool and they do hope so restore power to that, again, in the next -- it could happen any time. they're hoping for tuesday, obviously. we've passed that window. hopefully we'll find out more good news. >> that's all very informative. we'll be speaking with an operator who operated in three different plants in the united states and talk about the timeline, just how fast, how quickly can they actually resolve all of that that is taking place. >> it's been amazing that they've been maintaining these pretty well over the last couple of days, other than that sneak that was coming out of number three on monday. we haven't seen anything major
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sprint 4g, it's business without limits. trouble hearing on the phone? only on the now network. visit sprintrelay.com. . breaking news. you're looking at some live pictures, going to take you to cairo, egypt. that's where the administrative interior building was on fire earlier today. it looks like that fire has
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basically extinguished. about seven floors we're told that actually experienced some flames that were in that building. this is video from earlier today. this is an important site for many. there were thousands of people demonstrators who gathered outside of this building in a peaceful protest. police who wanted better wages and working conditions, and then this fire erupted. but this is the headquarters of the police inside of that building, as knyou know, the police a target of many of the demonstrations that took place before because of alleged abuses there. this happening befor in ing bef toppling of mubarak's government. taking a look at some pictures. we're also getting a lot of responses, today's talk back question. we asked you, what are the consequences of openly criticizing the administration
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with the response to libya? we're up next with the responses.
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some lawmakers are openly criticizing president obama for the u.s. involvement in libya, while others are backing his
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decision. that's what we're talking about today in today's "talk back." carol joining us with your responses. >> harsh criticisms out there. what are the consequences of openly criticizing the administration on libya? this from steven -- a more important questions is, what are the consequences much not openly criticizing the administration libya? richard says -- the consequences are that it weakens the strength of the president's image. this from will -- this from michael -- the consequences are you get a president who doesn't go off and involve us in another war without congressional approval. support the troops, yes, but let's do it the legal way. and this from kim -- unbelievable. somebody go throw a cream pie in denniss kucinich's face and tell him to shut up. continue the conversation, facebook.com/carolcnn. see you again in about 15 minutes or so. >> see you in 15.
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thanks, carol. kids, you're not going to like this. they can't ride shotgun until they turn 13. that's just one of the new car seat guidelines for children. every parent needs to know.
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. the american academy of pediatrics is recommending major changes on how and where your kids should be seated in cars. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has the story.
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>> reporter: there's new recommendations coming out of the american academy of peas yat tricks specifically about car seats and saying up until the age of 2 or until they exceed the height and weight restrictions on the rear-facing car seat should stay in one of those. it was previously 1 year, 20 pounds. this is mikey, he's 23 months. he is in a rear-facing car seat. this is what should be happening, the american academy of pediatrics say. now, this is based on a lot of data, actually showing that car seats facing the rear are much safer. parents are better than ever about keeping their kids in car seats and the number of deaths in car accidents of children have gone down as a result. what they're saying, though, if you look at a rear-facing car seat, if there's an accident, the force is sort of distributed across the body as opposed to just on the head here. that's what they say makes all the difference. so mikey should be in a rear-facing car seat. children up until 4'9" should be
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in a booster seat and they say children 13 and under should always sit in the rear seat. now, kids aren't always going to be happy about this. you can see this here possibly but they say this is much safer and they say if a child has actually started sitting in a front seat but it doesn't meet the guidelines yet they should actually switch back. one of the things you may notice here is the legs may be a little squished, especially if a child is tall. you can buy bigger rear-facing car seats. they say typically if a child has not switched already to a front-facing car seat they're really not going to be too bothered by it. mikey doesn't seem to bothered by it either. again, new recommendations coming out of the american academy of pediatrics hoping providing additional safety for children out there. back to you. mikey and sanjay gupta. love it. top of the hour, i'm suzanne malveaux. let's gets you up to xpeed. the u.s. military is about
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to give an update about the operation in libya. we have the u.s. commander of naval forces in u.s. and africa, speaki ining t ining to reporte. we'll monitor his comments, update you as we get information coming out of that briefing. also, a u.s. f-15 crashed and burned in eastern libya today. both crew members parachuted to safety, now back in american hands. the u.s. military says the fighter jet developed mechanical troubles. a libyan man describes the crash. >> translator: we noticed this aircraft hovering around abiyar and the surrounding area. after a while, we heard an explosion and there was a second aircraft behind that was trying to circle around the exploded aircraft. we thought it was a rocket at first, but then it became clear after we saw it on the ground.
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>> antiaircraft fire pierced the predawn sky over tripoli today. the u.s. military says it fired 20 tomahawk missiles on libyan targets during the past 12 hours. gadhafi forces are shelling misrata again today. one witness tells cnn the destruction is unimaginable. he says rebels won't be able to hold misrata much longer unless they get help now. >> we need americans please. we need them to take out these tanks, these heavy equipment out from misrata. they are killing everyone here. a lot of children. we are really in very, very shortness of medical and medicine, very shortage of food,
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water. -- suffer from today. we need the help of the united states and others. >> democratic representative deny kucinich says congress should cut off money for the libyan operation. he's not the only one criticizing president obama. plenty of others are furious that mr. obama didn't get congressional approval for the air strikes. egypt interior ministry feared and hated institution during the mubarak police state burned today. flames could be seen on the roof of the multistory building. the fire has since been out. the ministry was the site of a peaceful protest earlier today for protestors denying setting the fire. yemeni president is desperately trying to hold on to power today. he is now offering to step down at the beginning of 2012. the main opposition bloc rejected the offer.
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the president's power base began crumbling after friday's brutal crackdown on protestors. dozens of top military and government figures defected. and some progress now in japan's nuclear crisis. tokyo electric says that it turned the power back on today and reactor number three. now, that's the most badly damaged reactor at the fukushima nuclear plant. water pumps at two other reactors have been damage. replacement parts will delay efforts to get the cooling systems back online. radioactive substances have been found in the seawater near that fukushima plant. experts say the ocean will likely dilute contamination to any levels not harmful. the government has ordered new testing on sea water and p marine life to begin tomorrow.
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and the death of the first american known killed in the japanese disaster has been confirmed. 24-year-old taylor anderson of virginia worked in japan as an english teacher. japan's national police says the official death toll is now 9,080. more now on the crash of the u.s. fighter jet in libya. as we've been reporting, both of the crew members are safe. the pilot is now aboard the "uss kearsarge" in the mediterranean. our cnn's diana mag nay is also aboard the ambiguous assault ship. she joins us live. diana, give us the latest on the pilot, his condition. how is he doing? >> reporter: we know the pilot actually walked onto the ship, that his condition is fine. he was sleeping a little bit earlier. his next of kin have been informed that he's perfectly well and he's been rescued.
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i can tell you a little bit about that quite complex recovery mission that went off last night. basically, the plane, a fighter jet f-15e fighter jet experienced mechanical failure over northeastern libya around 10:30 p.m. last night. so the pilot and his weapons officer ejected at the same time but in two separate places. so the recovery mission was not from this special "uss kearsarge." that was aircraft mixed between a helicopter and a plane so it can fly the helicopter off the vessel and then fly over to libya. the helicopters you can see behind me, two of those, with the mission of 13 marines on board with the unit, they're specially designed to go and rescue personnel and aircraft from missions like that. they're not armed, the marines
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have small arms but the helicopters and the offsprays are not armed. because the pilots and weapons officer had ejected to two separate places they were only able to recover the pilot as i said is on the ship. the weapons officer is also in american hands, but he was recovered first of all by rebel libyans around the benghazi area. he's also safe and in american hands, suzanne. >> we're getting new information from our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence reporting now that not only the pilot but also the weapons officer that you had mentioned in american hands, that he is now safely out of libya as well. do you have any sense what is next for these crew members? we seemed to have lost diana. we'll get back to her when we can. want to move on here. there are some republicans, some democrats as well, who have been criticizing president obama for the u.s. involvement in libya air strikes. so this is your chance to talk back in one of the big stories
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of the day. our carol costello joins us with the talk back question. this is war. two pilots downed in libya, a lot of people really worried. thank god they're safe. but we have now entered military operations. >> right. this is war, serious consequences. just because it's a no-fly zone doesn't mean it's no-risk zone. but criticism is flying out there in our political world. already one congressman is saying president obama's decision on libya might be an impeachable offense. no, it's not a republican, it's a liberal lawmaker, dennis kucinich who said the president need congressional approval beforehand. >> it's very clear that what president obama did is beyond what the constitution permits a president to do. >> on "john king usa," the criticism from richard lugar was less harsh but it still stung. >> i do not understand the mission because, as far as i can
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tell, in the united states there is no mission. there are no guidelines for success. >> and those potential republican presidential candidates, mitt romney and tim pawlenty, they jumped on the bash obama on libya bandwagon today. hold on a minute. whether or not you agree with the president, u.s. troops are in harm's way right now. so should politicians keep their opinions under the radar? as mississippi governor haley barbour said, he he's a possible presidential contender, told politico, quote, whenever our men and women are involved in military action, every american stands with them. this is not the time to critique what the administration has done or will do. so "talk back" today. what are the consequences of openly criticizing the administration on libya? contact me on facebook.com/carolc cnn. i will read your answers later this hour. >> carol, you and i have been in washington long enough to know that's really tough for politicians to keep quiet.
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>> they have an opinion. there is a line of thought that goes, if you think the president did the wrong thing, then discuss it with him. don't discuss it with the public at large, especially at a time when our military men and women are in a danger zone. >> and the president is overseas. >> yeah. that's right. >> thanks, carol. here is a look at what's ahead now on the "rundown." a live update on the japan on the crisis that crippled a nuclear plant. americans impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in japan. also, after pressure from protestors. yemen's president is reportedly ready to leave office early. and donald trump. you've got to love him. he talks about everything from the u.s. presidency to moammar gadhafi. >> what did i do with gadhafi? i leased him a piece of land for his tent. he paid me more than i get in a whole year. finally, what happens to your cell phone service if at&t
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>> reporter: well, suzanne, just to update you, we are having a quake warning at this point, according to the broadcaster at nhk. this is not the first time this has happened. sometimes there is an earthquake afterwards and sometimes there isn't. it isn't particularly accurate. but just to explain, this is a fluid situation throughout this tuesday we have been feeling more quakes somewhere in the region of 6.4 magnitude at times. as for the nuclear plant itself, obviously these additional quakes are a worry as the workers at tep cco are trying t bring the plant under control. there is a mixture of good and bad news from the plant basically this tuesday. we understand that about 2 1/2 hours ago officials said that they did manage to get electricity to reactor three. now, this is crucial because they've been trying to do this for some time to try to spark the cooling systems once again and get control of the plant of the but, at the same time, they also say that reactors one and two are in a worse state than
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they thought. that the seawater from the tsunami and also the fact that they've been cooling the reactors with seawater has corroded the equipment there more expected. so there is a mixture of news this tuesday. >> i want to go back quickly to the beginning there. you said there was a warning of another possible earthquake. do you know na's an aftershock, are they saying this is something that could potentially happen, expected to happen? do you have any more information about that? >> reporter: well, what happens is there are inearthquake warn g warnings, usually about 90-second warning that is given and it's given on the public broadcaster nhk, which is what we saw maybe about a minute ago. now, at this point there hasn't been an earthquake as far as we can tell. we certainly haven't felt anything here in tokyo. but throughout this tuesday we have been feeling many earthquakes.
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there's been at least four. of course, some of them are aftershocks from previous earthquakes but they are still of a high magnitude in the realm of 6.4 magnitude. obviously this is a huge concern, many of them off the east coast of japan. and it's a huge concern because the officials at this nuclear plant are trying desperately to get the situation under control. and any further earthquakes could only damage that, suzanne. >> complicate that. paula hancocks, please be safe. a look now at how the japanese disaster is affecting us here in the united states. the threat of an import shortage has some drivers racing to car dealerships to buy up whatever japanese hybrids are left on the lots. that is also because of the spike in gas prices. an oregon teacher who survived the japanese earthquake and tsunami has now arrived home. katherine heasly was reunited with her family at the portland
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airport. she said when the tsunami hit she only had a few minutes to grab and run. meet a little massachusetts girl with a big heart and more than enough toys. 7-year-old sage freedman is selling some of her toys and books and clay sculptures that she makes. she's giving all the money to an organization that is helping the japanese earthquake survivors. good for her. sage, we like that. well, the president of yemen, he says he's going to give in to protestors and leave office next year. what does it mean for the stability in the country? and the fight against al qaeda. our michael holmes will be here to talk more about that. [ sneezing ]
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it's being called the first free election in the country in decades. egyptian voters have overwhelmingly approved a set of new constitutional amendments. now, the changes limit government power, they pave the way for elections that will happen in june. more than 18 million egyptians voted in a revereferendum on th amendments. meanwhile, in syria, hundreds of people took to the streets in a demonstration over the death of an antigovernment protestor killed during clashes with security forces. and after a bloody protest and pressure from demonstrators, the president of yemen now says that he is willing to leave office by the end of the year. well, let's figure out what all of this means. michael holmes is here in today's segment.
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michael, we've seen bloody battles, we've seen peaceful transitions. wh what do we think about yemen? >> yemen probably falls somewhere in the middle of those two, actually. yemen is a very important country. protestors there have been calling for the president, ali abdullah saleh to step down. it's been going on for months now. he's been in office i think 32 years. of course lately we've watched the country like other countries in the region, rabed by popular uprisings. a lot of problems in the country. there's a water shortage, having to drill deeper to get to water. much like the rest of the region, unrest, high unemployment, severe poverty, the poorest nation in the region and a very young arngsry population ready for change. >> we saw 45 people killed in a demonstration. how ugly is this going to get? which way do we think it will turn? >> another example of governments firing on their own people. raised a lot of questions when you see what's happening in
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libya. he offered to step down, probably a good sign, but a coalition group, if you'd like, they formed a group of coalition parties, has already said, no. they're rejecting his offer. he wanted to stand down by year's iend. he says he doesn't want to until he knows who will replace him. the opposition says, no, you have to go. as we've seen in egypt, these things have a way of getting more and more complicated. so we've already heard that there's tanks around the presidential palace, protestors are celebrating in many places but there's no guarantee this is anywhere near over. >> one of the things i know the obama administration is concerned about, yemen, the government has at least cooperated with the united states in going after al qaeda. >> yeah. >> if saleh is gone, what who replaces this guy? >> it's a very loose coalition of opposition groups, some of them have been part of the government at various times now they're not. it's very viable country and the hope is that there could be a coalescing of those opposition
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groups into something that could take power and do something. but there's a lot of fears that it wouldn't. very tribal in nature. could it break down into civil war as saleh himself has warned? then you've got as -- this is a government that was in trouble before all of this started. a rebellion in the north, secession in the south. as you said, it's the home of al qaeda in that part of the world. the saleh government allowed the u.s. to act against al qaeda and actually helped out in that regard as well. so if the government fails, there is the potential for a failed state, and were that to happen, al qaeda would be thrilled. the u.s. would not be happy. and neither would -- you've got to look at the geography, too. bahrain with its problems, yemen and right in the middle are the saudis. they're worried as well. >> a hotbed of activity right now. >> you want to say, i think this will happen and i think this will will happen. i you don't know. as we've learned recently, who thought there would be protests in syria? now there are. it looks like the fear barrier
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is being broken now. >> you deent knon't know the tie either. good do see you. the united states is involved in libya's war, but many are asking, what is the objective and how long does this last? gloria borger joins us to talk about the unclear end game in libya and what it means for the white house. is all we humans get. we spend them on treadmills. we spend them in traffic. and if we get lucky, really lucky, it dawns on us to go spend them in a world where a simple sunrise can still be magic. twenty-five thousand mornings. make sure some of them are pure michigan. your trip begins at michigan.org. the morning after the big move starts with back pain... and a choice. take advil now... and maybe up to 4 in a day. or, choose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain. smart move.
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libya. the latest on the crew. and donald trump gets away with some of gadhafi's money. and how is this for rethinking possible? a huge merger between at&t and t-mobile. also, man's best friend coming to the rescue in japan. well, u.s. and coalition forces are keeping up air strikes against positions in libya. a u.s. fighter jet crashed, due to mechanical problems, today. but both crew members are safe. missiles and antiaircraft fire just lit up the skies over tripoli. that happened before dawn. our senior international correspondent nic robertson was there. he joins us live from tripoli. nic, tell us about the latest strikes. >> reporter: well, the latest strikes happened overnight between sort of about 9: p.m. and midnight here. the government has just taken us to see the site of one of those strikes in the harbor, tripoli
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harbor, in the naval facility there. we were taken into some warehouses and inside those warehouses were rocket launchers, a missile. it's hard to imagine how they could be so accurate. there were four rocket launchers lined up under the tin roof of the warehouse. but the missile struck right at the back of these four rocket launch launchers. they were mostly burnt out and destroyed. there were no missiles in them at the time. there were somewhat appeared to be rockets in this warehouse officials. government officials told us this was just a military training and repair facility. they said civilians did work there, and that seemed to be the reason that they were taking us to this particular facility. there were training workshops that we could see that had also been hit by at least one large missile or bomb dropped on this facility. but what's really interesting here, suzanne, is that despite all the talk of civilian casualties that the government
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has said has happened here, the only thing they're able to take us to see are things like this that appear to have very strong military connections. they're not able to back up some of their propaganda here by taking us to see the schools and hospitals that they claim have been targeted. i did talk to one young naval officer who told me he had been involved in trying to put the fire out at this harbor facility. he said there have been a couple of people with light injuries there. he wasn't backing moammar gadhafi, but he did say there should be a cease-fire and that talks should start. suzanne? >> nic, from your vantage point, it may be difficult to tell, but do you have a sense of how the rebels are doing, how they're faring going up against gadhafi forces? does it seem like it's an even match now that you've had these air strikes that have done some serious damage to some of the gadhafi compounds? >> reporter: i think it's going to be a long time before it's an even military match on the
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ground. i mean, what we've seen so far is that the air strikes have forced gadhafi's army back from benghazi, by all accounts they seem to be dug in around ajdabiya. where the coalition decides the front line between gadhafi and rebel forces should be will pretty much determine where the status quo emerges. the rebels have said thaiey'd le to come to tripoli. i spoke to a senior government official last night. their red line seems to be ajdabiya. listening to other officials in the coalition, ajdabiya seems to be the coalition's front line here. but where the coalition is struggling to have an effect in towns like misrata, a couple of hours drive from the capital here, where they have difficulty, a, so far enforcing the no-fly zone effectively for them to operate there but, b, trying to figure out where rebel forces are and government forces are in this urban fight going on, suzanne. >> nic, thank you very much. appreciate it.
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the u.n. mandate in libya is to protect civilians. for many, the u.s. involvement needs to be more clearly defined. last hour, i talked to retired army lieutenant general russell honore on the u.s. role and strategy. >> the objective of stopping them killing civilians has been achieved. i think the long-term capability of gadhafi's forces will have to be degraded to prevent them from continuing to attack civilians or the rebels in other cities, which means we've got to downgrade his command and control and downgrade his logistics so he can't continue to attack the people. there's a lot of ambiguity. now, inside ambiguity people are getting uncomfortable with this. but this could also be a great opportunity because, if you think we're confused, you can imagine how confused gadhafi is now. there's one thing the united states military does, we can operate well inside of confusion and get the mission done.
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>> so what is going to be the u.s. role in libya going forward? and what is the end goal? many are asking that question to the white house. our cnn senior political analyst gloria borger weighed in on the subject in an op-ed for cnn.com entitled obama and libya, tell us how this endzs. she joins us from washington. gloria, we all read this and it got us talking here in the "newsroom" about the next steps. we saw this f-15 go down and it underscores the fact this is a war here. do you believe that the president has explained adequately about the u.s. role, our involvement, in this operation in the middle east? >> probably not. i think he's abroad right now. wouldn't surprise me at all if he found another way to talk to the country when he comes back to this country. but, you know, the president has a problem here, and that is that he has stated very firmly that the united states' goal is to get rid of gadhafi, but the goal of the u.n. security council
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resolution is a humanitarian goal. and so these things are separate, and the u.n. goal had to be very vague in order to get the coalition on board, including the arab league, for example, and in congress the president has democrats and republicans who want more specific, ie, when the end game is. how do we know a humanitarian mission is accomplished? so when you're part of an international coalition, it kind of hurts you on the specifics because international coalitions tend to be kind of messier than that. >> and, glory aria, you mentions going to get back from his latin american tour very soon. what do you think he needs to tell the american people? there doesn't seem to be a great deal of appetite for another military operation. >> there isn't, although if you look at our polls -- of course, these things can change overnight -- americans by a large majority do support the
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humanitarian mission in libya. he has to make it very clear to the country that, as he has said in the past, he does not intend to send grounds troops. what's interesting to me as a journalist listening to all of this is that the president keeps saying that this is really a matter of days, that the united states' involvement is not open-ended here. i think what he has to tell the american people is, okay, if it's not open-ended, how do we know when it ends? can we, for example, declare that a humanitarian mission is working when gadhafi still remains in power? after all, he's the murderous thug who is ordering his troops to shoot at his own people. so how do you square that? >> sure. and you brought up a very good question in your op-ed, very pointed question. you simply said, is there a way to leave if gadhafi stays? i wonder if we can even answer that. >> well, i'm not sure. you know, i'm not sure we can answer that. i think, look, obviously both
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the coalition and barack obama hope that there is some way that gadhafi is gone, whether he flees the country, whether his forces turn on him, whether his top lieutenants turn on him and take him out. i mean, that's something they would prefer. but if things calm down there and gadhafi still remains in power, how do you tell the american people, okay, the problem is solved? you know, we had that in 1991 with the gulf war. remember that, saddam hussein remained in power, and that turned out to be pretty problematic for us. so, you know, that's another question that right now remains pretty much unanswerable. >> gloria, great to see you. great op-ed. >> great to see you. >> we encourage people to look at it as well. >> thank you. >> thanks. did donald trump pull a fast one on moammar gadhafi in a real estate deal? it's not like he's bragging about it or anything. you'll hear for yourself.
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so donald trump claims that he got the better part of a real estate deal he was working on with moammar gadhafi. our cnn's money poppy harlow joining us from new york. poppy, this is an interesting story. did gadhafi get played? >> it sounds like it, if you listen to donald trump. you know, we sat down with him for a long, extensive interview with him yesterday, sue zahn. i didn't expect him to talk about a business deal with moammar gadhafi, but he says he rented land to gadhafi and then he duped him, if you will. but i want you to pay particular attention to what he says he did
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with the money that gadhafi paid him. take a listen. >> i deal with everybody, and i like that. what did i do with gadhafi? i leased him a piece of land for his tent. he paid me more than i get in a whole year. and then he wasn't able to use the piece of land so people would say, did i take advantage? did i this, did i that? so i got in one night more money than i would have gotten all year for this piece of land in westchester and then didn't let him use that? that's called being intelligent. >> do you still have the money that gadhafi paid you? >> you're not talking that kind of money. do i still have it? >> what happened to the money? some celebrities who performed for gadhafi gave that money to charity. i think that's the question on people's mind. >> sure. i give -- in fact, the other night comedy central roasted me. they gave me a tremendous amount of money. it's already gone to charity. in fact, i said, when i did it, i'm going to take gadhafi's
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money, i'm not going to make it easy on him and i'm going to give the money to charity. and that's exactly what i did. >> so it sounds like he got the better part of the deal, huh, poppy? >> absolutely. >> did he tell you whether or not he as was going to run for president that's a big thing we want to know. >> i said, tell us, make news on cnn and tell us you're running in 2012. he's on top in some of the rey ent polls so this is serious just take a listen because he tells me he is much more serious about a potential run for president than he was back in '99 when there was a lot of talk about this as well. take a listen to what he had to say whether he's making a bid or nig not for the white house. >> i'll make a decision sometime prior to june. and if i make a decision to run, i will fight very hard for the office and i will fight very hard for the country. >> which way are you leaning? >> i can't say that, but i can tell you this. i love the country and i want the country to succeed. with proper leadership, it can succeed. >> i will tell you, suzanne, he
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went on to say, and i quote, that u.s. leadership, meaning president obama and congress are, quote, not very smart. he said, we need new laedzers not just to send diplomats overseas but people that will take a hard line. he says this economy is not recovering. it's a false economy. bottom line, he says that this country is in bad shape and that he thinks he can be the one to turn it around, whether or not he'll take it all the way and run for office we'll see and hope he makes that news with us. but we'll keep on it for you, suzanne. >> poppy, we hope you get that scoop from him. >> got it. >> thanks, poppy. at&t is adding another "t" and it's going to cost them. the merger everyone is talking about.
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it's one of the big news stories out of wall street this week, two telecom giants coming together. at&t announced plans to acquire t-mobile for almost $40 billion. dan simon is joining us live with the latest here. these are two fierce rivals now coming together to create some 0 sort of super company, i imagine. >> reporter: well, suzanne, we are outside of an at&t store in san francisco. you want to talk about fierce competitors, look no further than a recent t-mobile commercial. check this one out. >> hi. i'm a t-mobile my touch 4g.
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>> i'm an iphone 4. >> who's your friend? >> it's the old at&t network. >> that will slow you down. >> that's the price i pay for speed. >> bummer. >> that's t-mobile taking a pot shot at its now-merging partner at at&t. this caught many industry observers off guard. they say it won't only have an impact on at&t and t-mobile customers but everyone who uses a cell phone. why? this will reduce competition, you have less phones on the market, less phone plans. the people who stand to gain the least? t t-mobile customers according to "consumer reports". >> well, i think the concerns might start with the fact that at&t, in our surveys of reader satisfaction, has been the lowest rated carrier. s so i think i'd have some concerns as a t-mobile customer
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that in a merge with at&t i might see the quality of my overall experience go down. >> reporter: and you might also see your rate gs go up. according to "consumer reports," t-mobile had some of the most competitive rates on the market, at&t's rates a bit higher. if the merger goes through, it is possible that t-mobile's customers could see their rates go up. on the flip side, all customers may have better severanrvice coverage. at&t expects to have 95%s of the country to have 4g access, assuming this deal goes through. >> dan, is it going to be tougher or easy to regulate all of this? >> reporter: this is going to be a very tough process, according to industry experts. you're taking a major company off the market, if you will. congress expected to get involved here.
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it's got to go through two hurdles, the federal communications commission and also the justice department. and this could take a year to complete and then once it's completed another year or two to fully implement. >> dan simon, thanks for the latest. we're getting a lot of responses to today's "talk back" question. we asked, what are the consequences of openly criticizing the administration on libya? jeff jefferson says it merely reveals one's ignorance. whether we like it or not, we don't know what the president knows. carol costello is up next with more responses. time now for the "help desk" where we get answers to your financial questions. with me, donna and lynette. glad you both are here. we have questions coming in. first from brian if connecticut -- i'm a grad student graduating in the next few months and i'm trying to get a handle on my debt. can you give me an idea of where i should start. this is a good thing. just get it done. >> start with a budget noxt question about it.
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get a handle on your expenses. find out how much money you have going out the door. you don't want to deficit spend. in other words, don't spend more than you're earning. hopefully as a recent graduate he's found a job. that will help. and then on the credit and debt side, you know, do things like pay your bills on time, don't max out those credit cards. be smart with your finances. i tell people, don't go and live like a hermit and never spend anything but do things in moderation. but start with a budget. >> yes and check your credit score. it will encourage you to keep on the good debt numbers path. alexis writes -- i'm 21 years old and had problems due to identity theft. how can i rebuild my credit and keep my score up in the future. >> it is so unfortunate. it's very common. 50% of those who is a victim of identity theft, it's someone they know. the first thing, if she hasn't already done this, file a
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dispute letter and police report with it so they can say this is what happened. she's young so she has time to rebuild her credit f. she doesn't have any loan right now, she can get a secured credit card. if she does have loans, pay on time, pay more than the minimum and likely net was saying, don't wrack up a lot of debt. >> like that old song, time is on her side. >> yes. >> thank you so much. if you have something you need answers, send us an e-mail at any time.
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some law makers are openly criticizing president obama for the u.s. involvement in libya, while others are backing his decision. well, that's what we're talking about today in today's "talk back." carol costello joins us with more. >> we did get a lot of responses, the "talk back"
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question today, what are the consequences of openly criticizing the administration on libya. the open criticism of president obama and our efforts with the coalition sentds a very dangerous message to the rest of the world. serious discretion should be utilized as this open division within our own ranks could very much undermine efforts to support and nurture democracy in the entire region. keep it to yourselves, guys please. this from ray -- it is always okay to criticize the leaders of our government. this is the type of freedom the rebels in libya are fighting from. this from daniel -- carol, openly criticizing decisions made by our leaders is not only acceptable, it is necessary. we don't have a clear goal in this conflict. congress was not asked if we could go to war. it is unclear if we are indeed at war and we have been at war in the past ten years in the middle east. if ever there was a time, it is now. this is from boyd -- obviously republican senator richard lugar doesn't watch cnn. the mission and purpose in libya
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could not be any clearer. success will be obvious once achieved. please keep the conversation going on facebook. >> carol, i think a lot of people just have questions. they don't have a clear sense of how long we'll be there, what we're supposed to be dog. even in talking with general russell honore, he said, it's ambiguous at best. we want more information. >> we need more information. plus, when you look at the cost of the conflict, i know chris lawrence was breaking down the hub numbers, it could cost $1 billion. we're suffering from a huge deficit right now and nobody is talking about cutting defense, especially not now, when now we're paying more for defense. >> and this is the third arab country that we are involved in in military operations in. so a lot of people looking at, how do we improve our relations over there, how do we establish stability and again take on another military operation? >> a lot of questions. lawmakers, at least most people on my facebook say, keep asking those questions. >> thanks, carol. >> sure.
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well, they may be the last hope for survivors buried beneath tons of rubble in japan. search and rescue dogs, now being used with promising results.
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>> sure. humans can only do so much during search and rescues, but our brian todd in japan reports on the critical role that dogs are playing. >> reporter: with an energetic, hardwired bust, at i cuss
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charges into the rubble, bouncing around a fallen roof. he's focused on one thing, finding a living, breathing human amid the sprawling wreckage of the tsunami. it might seem an unfair request of a german shepard, but aticus and another dozen dogs here are more than equal to it. how important are these dogs to these operation snz. >> very. there's a lot of technical gear, the listening devices,ed cameras. all that stuff to locate people. but at the end of the day, you can't beat a dog for hitting the scent of a human being. >> reporter: like most canine specialists, rob furnace has a tight bond with his border collie byron. >> good boy! >> reporter: the dogs are so highly trained, they're able to block out the scent of a deceased person and pick up only on someone alive. the success rate is impressive. these teams pulled more than a dozen survivors safely from the rubble in haiti, in no small
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part due to dogs. keeping them sharp requires creativity. the team had to do a drill with wracker. they had one team member hide in this place out of sight, just out of any sensory perception for wracker. sent racker in there to see if they could find that team member. that's how they keep the dogs sharp if they haven't found anyone in a few days. you stare in amazement as they run full speed, jump, land and bounce off objects that are so jagged and uneven that most people couldn't enlven attempt . but they're not invincible. >> did he give you a signal or did you just see the bloodz? >> reporter: tomo, a german shepard, snagged something in his paw. a little field surgery and he's back in the game. later on, racker needs more work to stitch up a wound. never during either incident do we hear a whimper from either dog. >> good boy! >> reporter: traveling, sleeping, eating and playing with their handlers ar

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